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Team USA announced for 2017 Motocross of Nations - Osborne, Seely, Covington

Paul Iverson

Zach Osborne, Cole Seely and Thomas Covington to represent America at the Motocross of Nations in England

Direct from the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Three of America's fastest motocross racers will represent the United States at the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in Winchester, United Kingdom, on Oct. 1.

For 2017, the U.S. Motocross of Nations Team includes Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Zach Osborne and Thomas Covington, and Troy Lee Designs American Honda's Cole Seely.

"This year's team is immensely talented," said AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther. "Zach, Cole and Thomas are accomplished riders, who have the aptitude and skill to capture the world championship. And they will, undoubtedly, give every ounce of effort to bring home gold."

Seely will race in the MX1 class, bringing his experience from competing in professional Motocross and AMA Supercross events, including a second overall finish in 2014 in the 250SX West Coast Class of the AMA Supercross Series Championship and a third overall finish in 2015 in the 450SX Class.

"I think it is important to have someone who is excited to be on the team," Seely said. "I'm stoked to make it this year and represent the country."

Osborne, who will compete in the MX2, secured the 2017 250SX East Coast AMA Supercross Series Championship in May and currently leads the points standings for the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.

"Being chosen to represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations has been a huge goal and dream of mine for a very long time," Osborn said. "I couldn't be happier to travel to the United Kingdom to race and ride my very best to bring the championship trophy back to the USA."

After spending the past three years competing in the MXGP Series and winning the 2015 GP of Mexico, Covington will compete in the Open class.

"I am truly honored to be picked for the United States' Motocross of Nations Team," Covington said. "I am really looking forward to getting to represent my home country overseas."

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster will once again manage the team as it seeks to secure the world championship. He currently manages the Red Bull/KTM AMA Motocross and Supercross teams and was a part of six victorious FIM Motocross of Nations teams in the 1960s and 1970s.

"With Osborne it was obvious and he has been wanting to go [to Motocross of Nations] for years," DeCoster said. "Every year he has asked me, I have had to turn him down. This year he has earned it. Seely and Covington's results have picked up and I think it's a good time for them. All three riders really want to do it and their teams give them really good support."

The U.S. team has won the Motocross of Nations 22 times, remaining the all-time leader in FIM Motocross of Nations overall team victories and claiming all of those wins under the direction of DeCoster.

The last time the U.S. Team won the Motocross of Nations was 2011. The 2016 team placed third.

By the Numbers: Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for 2017 Daytona Supercross By Honda

Paul Iverson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Immediately following the 59th annual DAYTONA 500, the season-opening event to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last Sunday, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the grueling course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 11.

For the 10th straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.

Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.

This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course sees the starting gate return to the east side of the tri-oval and competitors will race in a counterclockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy, including Ryan Dungey, Cole Seely, Chad Reed, Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin.

Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 26th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda are Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:

  • 300 – Truckloads of dirt
  • 6,600 – Tons of dirt
  • 12 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
  • 2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track
  • 38 – Obstacles on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
  • 450 – Honda-branded Tuff Blocks
  • 3,182 – length in feet of the Supercross course
  • 500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course

In addition, two crawlers, two front loaders, two bulldozers, two skid steers, one sheep’s foot, one roller, one grader and one water truck are used to move the dirt during construction.

The Supercross Pits will be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the UNOH Fanzone and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 6 p.m. – access is free with your race ticket.

Also returning in 2017 will be the eighth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 12 and Monday, March 13, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the third annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 14.

The re-branded American Flat Track Series will kick off its debut season with the DAYTONA TT on Thursday, March 16 and the .6-mile course has already been constructed underneath the Daytona Supercross By Honda course.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. General admission tickets for DAYTONA Supercross By Honda start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) start at $15; kids five and under are free in general admission stadium seating.

Fans can stay up to speed on the latest news by using #DAYTONASX and #BikeWeek. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

Daytona International Speedway Unveils 2017 Daytona Supercross By Honda Course Designed by Ricky Carmichael

Paul Iverson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway has once again teamed up with Supercross legend and five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael for the 10th year to design the challenging course for the high-flying event on Saturday night, March 11.

The most noticeable change to the 2017 design is the return of the starting gate to the east side of the tri-oval.

“It is so grueling,” Carmichael said of the course. “The sand and the clay mixed in, there’s not a lot of things that you really need to do to make it any more grueling than Daytona Supercross is already recognized for, but it sure is a fun challenge to make it somewhat fun for the riders.”

Carmichael is the all-time winning rider in the Daytona Supercross By Honda, the only Florida stop on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, FIM World Championship circuit and the longest continuous Supercross event in America, dating back to 1971.

General admission tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for kids 6-12, kids 5 and under are free in general admission stadium seating. Trackside Access, which gets you closer to the action than any other venue on the circuit, can be added to any race ticket for $20. There is free parking in the infield as well as in Lot 5 which is located outside Turn 4.

Tickets for Daytona Supercross By Honda and all other 76th annual Bike Week At Daytona events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR 250cc two-stroke

Paul Iverson

This is courtesy Red Bull.  In 1995 Jeremy McGrath headed to Castillo Ranch on his 1996 Honda CR 250 to record a segment for Fox Racing's film, Terrafirma 2.

It became one of the most iconic segments in the one of motocross' biggest and most-renowned video franchises ever.

The then Supercross champ rocketed his bike through the Ranch's rolling hills and powered through laps on the Supercross track. Set to some classic 90's punk rock courtesy of California punk band, Face to Face, the segment wore out its share of VCR players as one of the most watched video parts the sport has ever seen.

Now more than 20 years later, 23-year old Ken Roczen takes to the same ranch, on the same bike, wearing the same gear as McGrath did all those years ago.

Fresh off of signing to a brand-new team in Factory Honda, Roczen pays tribute to the acclaimed King of Supercross. The German set out on the Supercross track and the hill jumps of Castillo Ranch doing more than justice to the equipment and style pioneered by the sport's winningest rider ever.

The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Press Conference at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Paul Iverson

The big players were on hand. 2-time defending champion Ryan Dungey, who will race on the Red Bull KTM. German-born Ken Roczen rocking a great new suit, and races for Team Honda HRC. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac. Marvin Musquin, Chad Reed, Jason Anderson, and Cooper Webb.

The main protagonists? Ken Roczen in his new suit and tie, Ryan Dungey. Ryan Dungey's KTM, Ken Roczen's Honda, Chad's Reed's Yamaha, Roczen / Honda, Dungey / KTM, Jason Anderson's Husqvarna, Eli Tomac's Kawasaki.

Monster Energy Supercross 2017 TV Schedule

Paul Iverson

Feld Entertainment Inc. announced the upcoming 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule with more ways to watch, on more channels, globally.

With an expanded FOX broadcast partnership, Supercross fans will also be able to watch the first race from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on FOX Deportes, alongside social media and live streaming options for enthusiasts outside of North America and Australia.

Devotees of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen can still watch races on FS1, FS2 and ESPN (Australia) throughout the season, but for the first time in the four-year media partnership with FOX, Monster Energy Supercross will have airtime on FOX Deportes for the kick-off in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017 and on every local FOX station throughout the country for races in Indianapolis (3/18/2017), Salt Lake City (4/22/2017) and East Rutherford, N.J. (4/29/2017). Check local listings.

Fans in North America can catch the aerial excitement and high-speed chases on their desktops and mobile devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Sports' authenticated TV everywhere app, as well as the Monster Energy Supercross pay-per-view live stream available through www.SupercrossLIVE.com.

Monster Energy Supercross will provide an option to access the action, energy and excitement in real time outside of North America for the first time via the pay-per-view live stream. Fans will be able to purchase a season pass for $99.99 and stream races live and up to one week following the race.

For those already excited for the season, Feld Entertainment will also debut the Monster Energy Supercross 2017 Preview Show on December 18 on FS1 at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.  This unprecedented, unfiltered look into the lives of Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson and Cooper Webb chronicles preparations before the elite riders go head-to-head in the quest for their place on the podium.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, please log onto www.SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow lthen via their social channels below:
  
    •    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/supercrosslive
    •    Twitter: www.twitter.com/supercrosslive
    •    Instagram: www.instagram.com/supercrosslive
    •    YouTube: www.youtube.com/supercrosslive

Monster Energy AMA Supercross goes to timed format instead of laps for 2017

Paul Iverson

Feld Entertainment has announced that the racing format will change for the 2017 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Heat races, Semi's, Last Chance Qualifiers and Main Events will transition to a timed format beginning with the season opener at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017.

Evolution and progression are natural elements of expansion and with the ever-changing landscape of today's Supercross racing, this format adjustment will simply give fans more exposure to the sport's top athletes. Every stadium is a different size and shape throughout the Monster Energy Supercross Championship and lap times can vary exponentially from race to race. This new format will make sure that racers like Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac, Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen and defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey get to race in front of their fans for the same amount of time, every race.

"We believe this change will bring the fitness element more into play and provide more excitement for our fans," said Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations - Two Wheel, Feld Entertainment.

Once the gate drops, the referee will start the clock. For the 250SX class it will be 15 minutes plus one lap and for the 450 SX class it will be 20 minutes plus one lap. That means if defending Champion, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen have battled for 20 laps to the finish line but there is still 15 seconds on the clock, they will race two more laps.

American Honda Signs AMA 450 Motocross Champion Ken Roczen to Multi-Year Contract

Paul Iverson

American Honda Motor. Co. has announced the highly anticipated signing of two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Ken Roczen to a 3-year agreement with Team Honda HRC.

The young German rider will pilot the all-new 2017 CRF450R alongside new teammate Cole Seely in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross series. Honda has released a special video to celebrate the announcement.

Roczen already has a long list of accomplishments to his name, including the 2014 and 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 450 MX Championships and nine premier-class AMA Supercross victories. Aboard 250cc equipment, he earned the 2013 250SX West title, and prior to coming to the U.S. to race full-time, he won the 2011 FIM MX2 World Championship. Roczen is confident in his ability to build on that success, and he has Honda’s full support and commitment.

“I’m really excited to be a part of Team Honda HRC,” Roczen said. “I’m always looking to improve myself, as well as my surroundings, team and equipment, which is why I decided to make a switch. I want to have the upper hand on every other rider out there, and I think I have that with Honda. Things are still new, but I’m feeling amazing and blown away by the bike and the atmosphere of the team. I think that when any rider makes a switch to a new team, he doesn’t fully know what to expect, so having such a smooth transition so far has been great.”

Team Manager Dan Betley said “I’m extremely happy to have a rider of Ken’s abilities and accomplishments become a part of our program, and I’m glad we can finally officially share this announcement with our fans. Ken has proven time and again that he has what it takes to consistently win races and run up front, and I’m confident in his ability to continue doing that aboard the new CRF450R. Together with his teammate Cole Seely, we have what I consider to be one of the strongest two-rider teams heading into 2017.”

 

 

2017 Top 100 and Career Pro Numbers for AMA Supercross and Motocross

Paul Iverson

The AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) has released the numbers for riders in AMA Supercross and Motocross for 2017.

* Career Numbers

** New Career Number for 2017

1 - 450 SX - Ryan Dungey
1 - 450 MX - Ken Roczen
1 - 250 MX - Cooper Webb
1 - 250 SX West - Cooper Webb
1 - 250 SX East - Malcolm Stewart
2** Cooper Webb
3* Eli Tomac
4* Blake Baggett
5* Ryan Dungey
6* Jeremy Martin
7* James Stewart
10* Justin Brayton
11* Kyle Chisholm
12* Jake Weimer
14* Cole Seely
15* Dean Wilson
16* Zach Osborne
17** Joey Savatgy
18* David Millsaps
19* Justin Bogle
20* Broc Tickle
21* Jason Anderson
22* Chad Reed
23** Aaron Plessinger
24 Austin Forkner
25* Marvin Musquin
26** Alex Martin
27* Nicholas Wey
28 Mitchell Oldenburg
29* Andrew Short
30 Martin Davalos
31 RJ Hampshire
32 Weston Peick
33* Joshua Grant
34 Benny Bloss
35 Arnaud Tonas
36 Adam Cianciarulo
37 Phillip Nicoletti
38 Shane McElrath
39 Colt Nichols
40 Fredrik Noren
41* Trey Canard
42 Kyle Cunningham
43 Matthew Bisceglia
44 Jordan Smith
45 Mitchell Harrison
46 Justin Hill
47 Malcolm Stewart
48 Christian Craig
49 Anthony Rodriguez
50 Luke Renzland
51* Justin Barcia
52 Tyler Bowers
53 Cole Martinez
54 Gannon Audette
55 Jessy Nelson
56 Kyle Peters
57 James Decotis
58 Chris Alldredge
59 Noah McConahy
60 Tristan Charboneau
61 Vince Friese
62 Jesse Wentland
63 Alexander Frye
64 Hayden Mellross
65 Paul Coates
66 Michael Leib
67 Jimmy Albertson
68 Heath Harrison
69 William Hahn
70 Dakota Alix
71 Justin Starling
72 Cole Thompson
73 Marshal Weltin
74 Bradley Taft
75 Nicholas Schmidt
76 Scott Champion
77 Ben Lamay
78 Nick Gaines
79 Darryn Durham
80 Cade Clason
81 Henry Miller
82 Luke Clout
83 Jackson Richardson
84 Daniel Herrlein
85 Thomas Hahn
86 Trevor Reis
87 Chris Howell
88 John Short
89 Austin Howell
90 Dillan Epstein
91 Jacob Williamson
92 Jason Brooks
93 Joshua Cartwright
94* Ken Roczen
95 AJ Catanzaro
96 Vann Martin
97 Ryan Sipes
98 Matthew Babbitt
99 Chase Marquier
377* Christophe Pourcel
800* Mike Alessi

By the Numbers: Construction of the 2016 Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for Daytona Supercross By Honda

Paul Iverson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Immediately following the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 5.

For the ninth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.

Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.

This year's Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course sees the starting gate return to pit road and competitors will race in a counterclockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy, including Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, and Cole Seely.

Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 25th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda are Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael.

Here's a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:

290 –Truckloads of dirt

5,000 – Tons of dirt

12 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway

2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track

40 – Obstacles on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course

20 – Loads of new clay for the start gate

2 – Whoop sections

450 – Honda-branded Tuff Blocks

2,915 –length in feet of the Supercross course

500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course

In addition, two crawlers, two front loaders and two skid steers are used to move the dirt during construction.

The Supercross Pits will be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 5:30 p.m. – access is free with your race ticket.

Also returning in 2016 will be the seventh annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the 2nd Annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 8.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets for DAYTONA Supercross by Honda start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) start at $15; kids five and under are free in general admission stadium seating.

Fans can stay up to speed on the latest news by using #DAYTONASX and #BikeWeek. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. You can also stay updated on the latest information by downloading the new version of Daytona International Speedway's mobile app.

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